Described as unlike anything he has created with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea tweeted that:
i recorded most of the ep when we finished our tour for stadium arcadium. it is not rhcp music or even close to it. it is a trippy freakout.
on helen burns, i play trumpet, bass, synthesizers, drum machine, piano, and a bunch of other shit
all proceeds from my helen burns ep will go towards the silverlake conservatory of music
it will be available for down load at any price you want to pay, it will be a donation to the silverlake conservatory of music
Patti Smith also sings on the EP, along with the Conservatory Choir, and a vinyl copy is also available which “is autographed and contains a piece of a bass string” which Flea has played live.
Over at the download page, Flea added:
Hi people who like The Red Hot Chili Peppers! I love you a lot! Mucho! Just wanted to give you a heads up about this little record “Helen Burns” I am putting out on the Silverlake Conservatory website.
Warning! It is not a Chili Peppers record. It does not have songs that are like the Chili Peppers at all. It is a mostly instrumental, weird and arty record, the music is mostly just me creating soundscapes that are very emotional for me, but certainly not for everyone! Just me tripping out at home. I am putting it out to raise money for The Silverlake Conservatory of Music a community based non profit music school that i am an integral part of. There you have it. See you all soon i hope! and all proceeds from the Helen Burns will go to the Silverlake Conservatory of Music.
I reckon most of our DM readers will love Flea’s excellent Helen Burns EP, which you can Download here, and follow the great man on twitter here.
Now, as a bonus here’s an early RHCP interview with Flea and Anthony Kiedis from 1986.